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For immediate release
March 17, 2006
Contact: Erik M Smulson
Georgetown named Sun Center of Excellence in Scholarly Information Architecture

Washington, D.C. -- Scott McNealy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Microsystems, has announced it will partner with Georgetown University to form a Sun Center of Excellence in Scholarly Information Architecture.   Georgetown joins the community of Sun Centers of Excellence (COEs) working to make substantive contributions to improvements in the use of information technology.

“This opportunity will provide the university community with exceptional access to academic systems and resources, strengthening the ability of students, faculty and staff at Georgetown and elsewhere to use technology in new and exciting ways,” said H. David Lambert, Georgetown’s Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer.  “Sun Microsystems is a leading provider of technology for the higher education community and we are very proud to be working hand-in-hand with them to integrate computer systems and advance the higher education mission.”

In discussing the new COE, Kim Jones, Vice President of Global Education and Research at Sun Microsystems, remarked “Georgetown is a leader in effectively using scholarly information systems as an integral part of teaching and learning.” 

The Center of Excellence will create tighter integration of scholarly systems across the academic enterprise that will enable professors to enrich student learning by connecting course management systems with multiple tools such as digital repositories, streaming media servers, assessment engines, electronic portfolios, electronic theses and dissertations, and other scholarly services.

The partners will leverage Georgetown’s technical knowledge with its pedagogical expertise to provide innovative ways of using existing and emerging technologies.  Faculty and staff from University Information Services, the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS), and the Georgetown University Libraries will all participate in substantive research and demonstration projects.   The Center will create an interoperability lab to both test and improve integration of application software.  Significant work will focus on the creation of reference data models and reference implementations of scholarly systems, so that developments achieved at the COE may be replicated elsewhere.

“Sun is pleased to expand its network of COEs and advance teaching, learning, and research in higher education by integrating our advanced technology solutions with academic systems,” said Kevin Roebuck, Manager for E-Learning and Libraries at Sun Microsystems.  He continued, “Georgetown will work closely with other Sun Centers of Excellence such as Stanford, MIT, Salford, and Hull in cutting edge interoperability research.”

The COE for Scholarly Information Architecture will engage a wide range of partners among commercial software developers, higher education institutions, open source and commercial software developers, foundations, standards bodies, and federal agencies.  By engaging a wide range of organizations, the Georgetown Center will break new ground in improving the interoperability of learning technologies within academic settings.

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